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Extreme NXT: Extending the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT to the Next Level by Isabelle Hurbain, Philippe Philo Hurbain, Michael Gasperi

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CHAPTER 11NXT Motor Interfaces

The easiest way to extend the reach of your NXT inventions is to use the motors that came with it to operate the electronic controls of appliances and other equipment. The motor simply needs to be mechanically arranged to push the buttons, turn the knobs, or flip the switches on the external device to control it. The NXT motor makes it easy because it has a lot of torque and has built-in position feedback.

The Clapper

Buttons are common controls, and you can arrange the NXT motor to push them instead of you doing it. The exact mechanical design will vary from device to device, but you can operate anything from expensive laboratory equipment to disposable cameras this way. When you push buttons on a remote control, ...

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